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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action

By Mike Lowe

In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which our intrepid plumber has ended up in not only familiar lands, such as Sand Kingdom, but also closer-to-reality... Read more

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

Life Is Strange 2 Before The Storm preview: No rewind mechanic, it's all about the angst

By Mike Lowe

Life Is Strange. It really is. And the game of the same name explored that concept in a fascinating life-meets-supernatural way when it was released in 2015.Now there's a prequel: Before The Storm. Set in Arcadia Bay once more, it rewinds the timeline... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow
4.0 stars

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

By Mike Lowe

Say hello to the Microsoft Surface 5. Ok, ok, so it's "the new Microsoft Surface Pro", rather than adopting the generational number format in its name. And that's quite possibly because this fifth-generation model looks suspiciously like its predecessor.It's... Read more

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

The Crew 2 gameplay preview: Planes, Boats and Automobiles

By Mike Lowe

The Crew was an ambitious game when it launched in 2014: an always online racer that left players to freely roam five regions of America as they pleased. Whether in single player or competing other online players, it was a racer unlike any other. The... Read more

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

Strange Brigade gameplay preview: Undead onslaught is oodles of fun

By Mike Lowe

Ah, the Brits. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Crumpets with jam. Undead zombie hordes. We have it all.UK studio Rebellion's latest title, Strange Brigade, is a 1930s-style adventure which throws you into an adventure in forgotten civilisations. Track... Read more

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

Far Cry 5 gameplay preview: A politically charged, unflinchingly brutal return to form

By Mike Lowe

Far Cry is back with a bang. The fifth game in the main series is a politically charged and unflinchingly brutal first-person game, set in fictional present-day Montana.And it's rather brilliant.That's perhaps no surprise, as when Far Cry is at its best,... Read more

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor
4.5 stars

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: Much more than an elite Chromebook competitor

By Mike Lowe

Microsoft's hardware division has gone from strength to strength over the last few years: from the Surface Pro, which has defined the high-end 2-in-1 space in its refined fifth-gen form; to the heavyweight Surface Book, which has enough grunt to keep MacBook... Read more

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

Moto E4 vs Moto E4 Plus vs Moto E3 (2015): What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

Given the announcement of the ultra-budget Moto C and refresh of Moto G (in the G5 and G5 Plus models) in 2017, we weren't entirely convinced that Lenovo would continue to produce the Moto E series.But produce it has, and in two guises: the Moto E4... Read more

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one
4.0 stars

Abarth 124 Spider review: Frivolous fun... if you can afford one

By Mike Lowe

What happens when you take a Japanese roadster and give it an Italian heart? You get the Fiat 124 Spider. Dress that car up in some couture red, black and white body kit and you get the on-so-unsubtle Abarth 124 Spider, as you see above - a tuned-up... Read more

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

All the best EA trailers from E3 2017: Anthem, FIFA 18, A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and more

By Mike Lowe

EA does things a little differently for the world's largest gaming show: it doesn't present at the official E3 grounds. Instead it hosts an off-site live event to showcase its latest games and get the them in the hands of the gamers.For 2017, with a new... Read more

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer preview: Special characters add a dynamic that fans will love

By Mike Lowe

Star Wars Battlefront was a well received multiplayer when it arrived in 2015. One of its main criticisms was that it didn't have a solo campaign mode and, therefore, no real story. That's something Battlefront 2 fixes: it touts a story mode said to "help... Read more

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

Moto Z2 Play vs Z Play: What’s the difference?

By Mike Lowe

On 1 June Motorola unveiled the Moto Z2 Play, the second-generation Moto Mods compatible smartphone in the mid-level Z-series lineup.With Moto Mods - clip-on magnetic accessories, which magnetically attach as the rear plate of any Z-series phone - remaining... Read more

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

Acer Predator Triton 700 preview: A gaming great is born?

By Mike Lowe

Gaming laptops are undergoing change: no longer do they need to be the size of a four-bedroom house to deliver considerable power, as the trimmed-down Acer Predator Triton 700 goes to show.Ok, so it's still about the size of a two-bed semi-detached,... Read more

Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?
4.0 stars

Canon EOS 77D review: DSLR megastar, or one model number too far?

By Mike Lowe

You've probably heard it time and again: "cameras are dying". Well, not if Canon has anything to do with it.The Japanese camera maker seems to be investing in a DSLR for every user level, with the latest EOS 77D fitting into the range beneath its 80D... Read more

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy
4.0 stars

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been the king of affordable phones. But things have changed in recent years, with a wider array of choice and price points available. To combat the shifting market, the fifth-generation G-series comes in G5 or larger G5 Plus flavours,... Read more

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design
5.0 stars

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless review: Ace sound and comfort in a hardy industrial design

By Mike Lowe

Products in their "Mark II" rendition tend to just throw a new lick of paint at the original in the hope that you'll want to buy. Not so the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless over-ear Bluetooth headphones: these bass-prominent cans have undergone a total rework... Read more

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out
4.5 stars

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones review: Get ready to rawk out

By Mike Lowe

Don't let the name mislead you: the Marshall Mid headphones aren't all about the mid-range, they're about the full spectrum of sound, from bassy low-end to sparkling high-end.The English company is well known for its stage monitors and amplifiers, which... Read more

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch
4.5 stars

Fujifilm X-T20 review: The retro touch

By Mike Lowe

When we reviewed the Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera, we felt that its retro style was just right. Now Fuji has introduced the X-T20 which maintains that touch of retro appeal - and you can take that "touch" aspect literally, thanks to the addition... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece

By Mike Lowe

With many phones looking like clones, or brands nonchalantly pushing out the same old design year-on-year, Samsung is in that favourable position of offering something exciting in the Galaxy S8. It's a phone that defines flagship design with its visually... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?
4.5 stars

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 review: The ultimate travel camera?

By Mike Lowe

With phone cameras getting so good these days, the traditional camera needs all the stand-out specification goods possible. When pocketable convenience from your mobile handset isn't enough, and you want a boost of proper optical zoom to shoot far-away... Read more

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag
4.5 stars

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

By Mike Lowe

Since 2014 the Moto G has been blowing the socks off the budget phone market. Back then it was the best budget handset by far. But boy do things move along quickly - and the Moto G5 Plus is a mirror of that in many respects.In just three short years... Read more

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

Acer Leap Ware preview: More a limp than a leap

By Mike Lowe

When Acer CEO Jason Chen showed off the company's latest wearable, the Leap Ware, at Acer's annual conference, the slender looking wrist-wearable looked as though it had promise.That's often been the case with Acer wearables, however, with the majority... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price
4.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Perfect entertainment... for a price

By Mike Lowe

It's 2017, the year in which tablets stand atop a precipice: poised in a position of greatness, offering enough power to be considered as potential laptop-replacements; yet dangerously close to falling off the edge for the simple fact that, well, people... Read more

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit
4.5 stars

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit

By Mike Lowe

Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company's largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.However,... Read more

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

Panasonic Lumix TZ90 adds tilt-angle touchscreen to 30x pocketable zoom party

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to pocket-sized cameras with all the zoom, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-series rules the roost. And the new TZ90 (that's ZS70 for our US friends) adds a tilt-angle touchscreen to the established 30x zoom stable.The power of touch means the TZ90's... Read more

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

Nikon D7500 official: Semi-pro spec DSLR calls upon many D500 features

By Mike Lowe

The Nikon D7500 is coming, a APS-C DSLR which echoes elements of the company's top-spec D500 model but in a smaller form factor and with a slightly lighter price point to refect the spec.At its heart the D7500 has the same 20.9-megapixel sensor as its... Read more

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone

By Mike Lowe

Good things come in small packages. So do better things come in larger ones? That's the sentiment of the Huawei P10 Plus: this 5.5-inch smartphone is the top drawer P-series device from the Chinese maker, expanding not only on size compared to the smaller... Read more

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?

By Mike Lowe

It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or "greenery" to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. It's also Huawei's oh-so-on-trend colour for its brand new P10 smartphone.Yes, ok, so you're... Read more

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

Honor 8 Pro brings flagship features to Huawei offshoot in a 5.7-inch package

By Mike Lowe

First there was the Honor 8, an ultra-shiny 5.2-inch smartphone. Now there's the Honor 8 Pro, a 5.7-inch flagship which packs oodles of power into a lesser shiny body.The 8 Pro - which is the V9 in other markets, such as India - has a number of firsts... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king
5.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Hail the 4K king

By Mike Lowe

In the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras a lot of manufacturers are brushing over 4K video capture. Canon? Doesn't want to know. Nikon? Miles behind. Not so Panasonic, whose GH5 is one of the most adept 4K capture devices available today, capable of... Read more

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design
4.0 stars

Creative iRoar Go review: Wild sound, tame design

By Mike Lowe

With what seems like a zillion portable Bluetooth speakers available, it can be tricky to decide which one to buy. Creative might not be the most obvious name that springs to mind, but its Roar series has been a strong contender in the space for years... Read more

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update? The best new features from the 11 April upgrade

By Mike Lowe

Since mid 2015 we've had Windows 10 in our lives. And rather than giant update packages - like the service packs of old - W10 has taken a more step-by-step update stance.From the 11 April the rollout of the free-to-download Creators Update - the third... Read more

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road
4.0 stars

Audi RS3 Saloon review: Racecar fun for the road

By Mike Lowe

Some people say Audi design has become boring; formulaic even. We think it's simply that the German brand has got its design language so on the money that there's nothing left for the moaners to whinge about any more.Besides, if anyone were to say the... Read more

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy
5.0 stars

Land Rover Discovery (2017) review: The best 7-seat SUV money can buy

By Mike Lowe

There are soft-road SUVs. There are fashion SUVs. And then there's the Land Rover Discovery: a through-and-through SUV with all the proper 4x4 off-road bells and whistles you could wish.For many, however, that's not what's going to sell the 2017 incarnation... Read more

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay
3.5 stars

Lenovo Yoga 910 review: Fancy 4K meets fan-noise dismay

By Mike Lowe

Laptops keep getting thinner, lighter and ever more stylish. Among our favourite convertible Windows-based laptops is the Lenovo Yoga series, which has been tweaking its 360-degree hinge-based formula over the years.In the Lenovo Yoga 910 that means ultra... Read more

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench
4.0 stars

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench

By Mike Lowe

When you think Maserati, you probably think if its thoroughbred Italian racing heritage, the glamour and slick sports car lines. You might not think about it in beefier SUV form, but that's exactly what you get in the new Maserati Levante: it's heritage... Read more

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

Nintendo Switch storage full? The best microSD card offers to buy and avoid download disappointment

By Mike Lowe

You've got a shiny new Nintendo Switch but, wait, what's that? Yep, just one game download can easily fill the console's measly 32GB storage.Fortunately the Switch has a microSD card slot for expansion to avoid this being a huge issue.Furthermore cartridge... Read more

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

Netflix app update: Better compression for less data usage incoming, mobile HDR for LG G6 launch

By Mike Lowe

Netflix is pushing hard when it comes to mobile streaming in 2017. The video-on-demand service has told Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress 2017 that its mobile app is about to receive a major update which will mean better quality streaming at lower... Read more

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Release date, price, specs and everything you need to know

By Mike Lowe

Huawei has been pushing up the smartphone ranks in recent years. Its more recent devices have delivered premium build quality and great spec for a lower price than many competitors, making them a serious consideration.With the bigger-scale Mate 9 launch... Read more

Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus: What's the difference?

Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus: What's the difference?

By Mike Lowe

A new phone's in town: the Huawei P10. It comes in green, if you want. It also comes in a Plus-sized and more powerful model: the Huawei P10 Plus.So what, exactly, is the difference between these two models and which one will best suit your needs?Huawei... Read more

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus focus on fancy colours, dual camera advancements

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus focus on fancy colours, dual camera advancements

By Mike Lowe

With many phones looking much the same these days, Huawei is going for a colourful unique selling point for this year's P-series flagships, the P10 and larger-scale P10 Plus. Yep, it's all about colour.The P10 and P10 Plus will arrive in one of eight... Read more

Huawei Watch 2 official: Classic and Sport add Android Wear 2, GPS and fitness focus

Huawei Watch 2 official: Classic and Sport add Android Wear 2, GPS and fitness focus

By Mike Lowe

The original Huawei Watch looked like the real deal, but to wear we found it big, clunky and - despite its glitzy image - it just didn’t feel right.Enter the Huawei Watch 2 - in Classic and Sport forms - and the approach is a little different. There’s... Read more

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

By Mike Lowe

British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... Read more

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017
4.0 stars

For Honor review: The must-have multiplayer for 2017

By Mike Lowe

Swordplay has long been a staple of videogames, but primarily on the PC: it's much easier to emulate fencing-type skills with a keyboard and mouse than a typical console gamepad.However, For Honor – a bold new mediaeval-style IP from Ubisoft that pitches... Read more

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera
4.0 stars

Panasonic Lumix GX800 review: An affable, affordable entry-level mirrorless camera

By Mike Lowe

We thought the era of Panasonic making palm-sized compact system cameras was over: the earlier GF7 model was the last sighting of small-scale, as the GF8 was skipped in the UK. But, as it turns out, that's not the Japanese camera maker's approach: the... Read more

Huawei EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks: Take charge of your Mate 9, P9, Honor 8

Huawei EMUI 5.0 tips and tricks: Take charge of your Mate 9, P9, Honor 8

By Mike Lowe

Many have been quick to dismiss Huawei's latest mobile operating system, EMUI 5.0, as an less desirable rework of its Android Nougat base. It's because, by default, the system flings a lot of repeat alerts in your general direction in a bid to better... Read more

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

Canon EOS 800D preview: Mid-range made accessible

By Mike Lowe

Canon is bulking out its EOS range with a number of new DSLR models, the 800D taking on a more beginner role than its also-announced step-up 77D cousin.Between the two new models, certainly in terms of specification, there's not a great deal of difference.... Read more

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

Canon EOS 77D and 800D expand mid-range EOS DSLR lineup

By Mike Lowe

If you're thinking of buying a feature-packed DSLR then chances are you'll be looking at a £1,000 piece of kit. Canon is looking to change that with the introduction of the EOS 77D and 800D cameras.If you're familiar with the Canon DSLR line-up you'll... Read more

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

Canon EOS M6 is Canon’s new top viewfinder-free mirrorless camera

By Mike Lowe

Hot on the heels of the Canon EOS M5 - the mirrorless camera that, finally, put Canon in contention with some of its competition - the Japanese company has announced the EOS M6. It does away with the viewfinder (leaving a hotshoe in place for an accessory... Read more

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

Honor 6X preview: Dual cameras for half the price

By Mike Lowe

Honor made a big song and dance about its 6X smartphone 'launch' at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Which was a bit odd for a phone that's been available in China since the later part of 2016. George Zhao, Honor CEO, took to the stage and spent far too... Read more